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Tiffiny Hall has opened up about her exhausting postpartum period and struggle with chronic fatigue syndrome after she gave birth to her son Arnold in 2017.
"I fell apart," she told Ash. "I really thought I could do it all, even In a postpartum body I was filming 40, 50 workout videos a day. And my Mum would drive Arnold to me for breastfeeds - that was my break. I didn’t even give myself a break. My break was feeding my child."
Soon after, her mother, father and Ed decided to stage an "intervention" in an effort to show her what she was doing to herself.
"There was an intervention with my Mum, Dad and Ed," she shared. "I thought I was just rundown, burnout, whatever. We ran the gauntlet for a while. But I still couldn't drive, I couldn’t function, I couldn't bath my own child, I couldn't feed my own child. Mum moved in to do feeds and bathing when Ed was at work. Someone had to be here to wake up to Arnold because I couldn’t get him downstairs."
She continued, "I’ve been able to heal myself whilst running the business and doing it a different way. But it was Ed and my parents coming over and saying 'there is no business if there is no Tiffany'. When they said 'you’re not mothering…your Mum is'... I’m like... there’s nothing else that matters in this world. I wanna be a mother."
The trainer shared that she was thankful to have Ed by her side, because otherwise she doesn't think she could have gotten through it.
"We got through it and Ed supported me every step of the way. I honestly don’t think I’d even be here without Ed because times got so tough that I thought I can’t go on.
"Like it was really that bad. I thought I was letting everyone down, that I couldn't be the fitness person. I was losing my identity. I couldn’t do the things that I loved. I didn’t even have the energy to make good choices to get well. I didn’t know where to turn."
Tiffiny added that now self-care and mindfulness are things she's working on, "I do all the things I should have done as a health professional and I know what to do, but I never did for myself. I looked after everyone else’s health but ran myself into the ground."
The trainer recently shared how she is unable to tolerate her former gruelling regimen of weights training, strength, conditioning and cardio, telling news.com.au, she can only train for 10 minutes a day since being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (aka CFS/ME) last year.
At the same time, Tiffiny also found out she had Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or POTS, a condition that affects blood flow and causes people to feel lightheaded or even faint.
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